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Rachael Ross

Rachael Ross is the Director of the Provincial Disability Strategy and Minister's Council on Employment and Accessibility for the Ministry of Social Development. Rachael has worked for the Province of BC since 2004 in various capacities including Senior Policy Analyst in the Labour Market and Partnerships Division. She has over 10 years experience in disability policy and project management, with special expertise in employment and inclusion for persons with disabilities. Rachael is a regular guest speaker and has guest lectured at the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia and Douglas College on disability issues. Rachael has worked internationally as a researcher for the Centre for International Rehabilitation based in Washington, CD and was involved in the national consultations and development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Rachael is the past president of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) in Ottawa where she served three consecutive elected terms on the Board and is an award-winning advocate, including two Council of Canadians with Disabilities Awards and a Woman of Distinction Award.


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